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Nov 16, 2011

Season's Greetings created by you

Technology provides the means for expressing our creative side. And what better time than Christmas to send a message that doesn't just convey heartfelt wishes, but has that personal touch as well?

With help from, you don't need expensive programs or a graphic arts background to design quality holiday greetings. Using affordable programs such as OpenOffice and NeoOffice, along with graphics you can make beautifully, personalized cards for family and friends. And our diverse collection of holiday clipart and photos means there's something for every taste and style.

To make our festive example here we used NeoOffice. (The instructions should work similarly for OpenOffice as well)

First, open a new text document under 'File'. Next under 'Format' select 'Page', then adjust the width and height for the fold layout required.

Under 'Insert', you will find the option for 'Picture'. Select the one you have downloaded from and place it in the bottom right corner.

Click the 'T' (text tool) on the drawing toolbar to create a text box in the top left corner of the page. After you type in your message you can format the font, alignment, etc. by right clicking on the page. To flip the text so it will appear correctly in the card, right click in the text box and select position and size.

After inserting the picture over the text, go to 'Format' > 'Flip'.

Add your notes in the top right corner, formatting and flipping the text as before.

Finally, add the text and image to the bottom left corner.

Make sure you preview the card before printing.

The finished example I created can be downloaded here:

You may also want to check out this Microsoft site demonstrating how to make greeting cards using Publisher:

How To...

Some of the images on the website are missing. What can I do to fix this?

If you use Firefox then you may have accidentally hidden the images. Please choose the 'Preferences' option from the menu in Firefox and then go into the 'Content' tab. There should be a checkbox that says 'Load images automatically'. Please ensure this is checked. To the right of this checkbox there is a button that is called 'Exceptions'. Click on this and if you see either or then please delete them and then approve your changes. Go back to the browser and refresh the page and the images should be back again.

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